National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering

Watson Batty Architects were appointed by Sheffield Hallam University to undertake RIBA Stages 1 and 2 architectural design services for a £10.5m development to create the new National Centre for Food Engineering on the Attercliffe Road site. Watson Batty Architects then acted as technical advisors for RIBA Stage 3: Planning.

The RIBA Stage 2: Design was fully incorporated throughout the project with few design developments on the design of the exterior envelope, and the interior layout throughout stage 4 of the project, to incorporate the planning officer’s advice.

The facility will integrate innovation in food processing equipment with techniques in food engineering and automation. The aims of the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering is to secure the future competitiveness of the UK food industry by:
• Educating the best food engineers in the world
• Creating a centre of excellence for innovation and education in food engineering
• Generating the mind-set, knowledge and behaviour for Food Engineers
• Securing the UK food industry within the world

The completed centre, strategically located alongside the Olympic Legacy Park in Sheffield, will focus on engineering processes of food production allowing for greater levels of study in this area. Offering laboratories, conference areas, workshops and teaching spaces, this research led facility will address an industry recognised shortage of food engineering expertise.

Watson Batty Architects extensive experience in the delivery of food production facilities across the UK assisted Sheffield Hallam University in the delivery of a well-designed facility that will serve the University and the food industry for generations to come. Throughout the centres development, Watson Batty Architects carried on supporting the project team via a Technical Advisory Role.

Client:Sheffield Hallam University
Contractor:BAM Construction
Service: Architecture
Sector: Learning